You would think Princeton-educated Ted Cruz would be too smart to go on vacation to the Ritz-Carlton while his constituents were burning furniture to stay alive, but no, he’s not. The photos started surfacing on Wednesday night: the gray-haired junior senator from Texas wearing a gray mask, and a gray Patagonia fleece with AirPods uncomfortably poking out of his ears. I was suspicious, it looked like Ted Cruz, but it seemed inconceivable that the ambitious, young (ish) Republican senator would go on vacation to Mexico during what was literally his state’s darkest hour (3 million Texans were without power due to a frozen power grid). But it was hard to argue with all the photos—Ted in the lounge, Ted boarding, and Ted’s wife Heidi Cruz boarding. Yes, as soon after Ted’s flight touched down at 7:52 PM in Cancún, the Internet was awash in photos of the Cruz family’s ill-fated sojourn.
For hours, the senator’s staff was silent. Finally, Cruz emerged with various statements including the mandatory blaming of the media. “Listen, we’re in a strange time where Twitter’s been going crazy and the media is going crazy and there’s a lot of venom and vitriol that I think is unfortunate frankly on both sides,” he told reporters upon his return. “I think everyone ought to treat each other with respect and decency and try to understand each other more particularly in a time of crisis.”
But ultimately Ted ended up blaming … his ten and 12-year-old children: “With school canceled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.” It’s a bold move blaming one’s children for one’s own bad choices, but Ted is nothing if not bold?
Ted ultimately decided to cut his trip short, @skift airline correspondent Edward Russell tweeted the Senator’s ostensible itinerary:
He flew home less than 24 hours after he had departed, tragically unable to score an upgraded seat it seems. Of course, 13 million of his constituents were unable to score clean water; nearly half of Texans are currently under a boil water advisory.